PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) is proposing a RM300 monthly cost of living allowance (Cola) for all 10 million private sector workers, in view of escalating prices.
MTUC president Khalid Atan said Friday that it was essential for the Government to introduce the regulation on COLA because almost five million private sector workers were now earning about just RM30 above the poverty line of RM870 per month.
At present, the minimum wage for workers in peninsular Malaysia is RM900 and for those in Sabah and Sarawak, RM800.
Khalid said MTUC was working out strategies to help ease the workers' burden.
In the interim period, he suggested that companies should assist by providing subsidised food and lodging for their workers.
In turn, he said the workers would help the companies to increase productivity, thus making it a win-win situation.
Khalid said MTUC was concerned about the immediate impact of the increased transportation, food and schooling costs, particularly on workers in the lower income group.
He assured that MTUC, being a responsible workers' organisation, would not go to the streets to demand for its rights, but would prefer peaceful negotiations. - Bernama
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